Bupleurum ( 柴胡 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Chai Hu 柴胡
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Bitter, slightly acrid
Liver, Gallbladder, Pericardium
This herb is used in formulas to treat colds with chest congestion and alternating chills and fevers and other respiratory illnesses that are at a superficial level in the body; also used to treat many imbalances of the Liver and Gallbladder, including hepatitis and cirrhosis; and to strengthen digestive and metabolic functions (TCM: internal heat, Liver fire, Spleen deficiency, and stagnant Liver Qi).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Resolves lesser Yang heat patterns; relaxes constrained Liver Qi; raises Yang Qi in cases of Spleen or Stomach Deficiency.
Common Formulas Used In
Bupleurum and Dragon Bone; Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus; Bupleurum and Tang Gui; Cimicafuga; Ginseng and Astragalus; Minor Bupleurum; Rehmannia and Magnetitum; Rhubarb and Scutellaria.
Cautions in Use
Do not use if there is a deficient- Yin cough or symptoms of Liver fire rising.